Undergraduate

Bachelor of Commerce

Make a positive difference in the world. UWA Commerce graduates bring together people and organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

3
Years Full-Time
80
Minimum ATAR
90%
STUDENT SATISFACTION
$54k
MEDIAN STARTING SALARY

The learning experience

Anushka's day at UWA

Anushka takes us through a typical day at UWA for a business student at UWA. From breakfast to classes to recreational activities, UWA is the perfect place to study, work or play.

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Careers and further study

Associated professional pathway

As a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, you can choose from a multitude of professional pathways. Graduates with a major in Economics may choose to enter the Master of Economics. Bachelor of Commerce graduates are also eligible to apply for a wide range of postgraduate business courses, as well as professional postgraduate degrees in Law, Medicine, Engineering (if they also hold a major in Engineering Science), and many other areas.
Commerce – notable alumni

Christie Lori – Business Development Manager, The Sunday Times and PerthNow

Working at The Sunday Times/PerthNow is very exciting. As a manager you are required to be accountable for your actions, lead by example, involve people in the process and be prepared and professional at all times.

Commerce – notable alumni

Working at The Sunday Times/Perth Now is very exciting. As a manager you are required to be accountable for your actions, lead by example, involve people in the process and be prepared and professional at all times. I have learned through the experiences of others that you can only be a great manager if you have a plan and good strategic direction, stick to the plan and choose good people (both mentors and team members). The best analogy I’ve heard is that it’s very easy to be heavily involved in the fieldwork, but every now and then you need to make sure you get into your helicopter to see the full picture.

Commerce – Alumni testimonial

Sasha Wowesny – Marketing and Management

In 2009, armed only with my UWA degree, a few hundred dollars and a ton of sheer determination, I headed to where the very best in their field come to turn their dreams and ideas into big business – London.

Commerce – Alumni testimonial

In 2009, armed only with my UWA degree, a few hundred dollars and a ton of sheer determination, I headed to where the very best in their field come to turn their dreams and ideas into big business – London. I had no job lined up, no friends, no family and nowhere to stay. It was the security of my UWA Business School degree with its international recognition as a world-class teaching institution that provided me with the confidence I needed to persevere. After a few years working on multiple projects, I made the decision to follow my passion and today I own and run The London Pilates Company.

 

 

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve the University’s minimum entry score (ATAR of 80 or equivalent)
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Direct Pathway information

If you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Direct Pathways. A Direct Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

Alternative entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our alternative entry pathways.

About the Bachelor of Commerce

Real-world experiences are at the heart of the Bachelor of Commerce. This degree develops your analytical, communication and problem-solving skills, providing you with a global perspective on business and preparing you to pursue a career within the business, government or not-for-profit sectors. Learn from leading academics, develop high-level industry networks and graduate with a degree that can take you anywhere in the world. UWA's internationally accredited Business School celebrates strong links with the business community, allowing you insight into leading industry practice. Whether you're hearing from an industry guest lecturer, attending a career event, receiving an industry-sponsored scholarship or attending an exclusive lunch with corporate executives, you can confidently apply your skills in real-world situations. And, with a multitude of Business School student societies, you can attend professional development, networking and social events, all while taking part in a student-managed investment fund, leading a social entrepreneurship project or launching your own start-up enterprise.

Bachelor of Commerce

Why study Commerce

As a Commerce graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing the world. You could find yourself working at a global advertising agency, starting your own social enterprise or entering the world of corporate finance, among many other career destinations. Where will your Commerce degree take you?
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce

Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 8
Minimum ATAR
  • 80
Intake
  • February and July
Full time completion
  • 3 years (BCom)
ADMISSION TO UWA

Alternative entry pathways

UWA offers a number of alternative entry pathways for domestic and internationals students to be able to study with us. If your results do not qualify you for standard entry into the University, check our Alternative entry pathways for one that suits you.

 

ADMISSION TO UWA
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Corporate partners
Recent partners include ATCO, Bankwest, BDO, BHP, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Macquarie Group, Mitsubishi, UniBank, Woodside and more.
Student Story

Jack Guo – Accounting and Finance

Commerce has always been my passion, so I decided to major in Accounting and Finance at the UWA Business School.

Student Story

Commerce has always been my passion, so I decided to major in Accounting and Finance at the UWA Business School. After spending time working on my grades, pursuing worthwhile activities, editing my resumé and networking with industry professionals, I received an internship at Westcourt Chartered Accountants. This provided me with the chance to apply what I learned from books to real-life practical work, and lets me stand out from the crowd. My recommendation to all students, international or otherwise, is this: don’t be scared by what you perceive to be your limitations. Seize the initiative and make the changes you need to in order to live your life how you want to.

FACILITIES

The Trading Room

The Trading Room at UWA
STUDY ABROAD

Taking you global

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Degree structure

The Bachelor of Commerce offers eight majors enabling you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests. You will have the opportunity to choose a second major from the Bachelor of Commerce or from the majors available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science or Bachelor of Science degrees. You do not need to choose your final major(s) until your second year, so you can try out two or three different subjects to see which interests you most.
Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce offers eight majors enabling you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests. You will have the opportunity to choose a second major from the Bachelor of Commerce or from the majors available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science or Bachelor of Science degrees. You do not need to choose your final major(s) until your second year, so you can try out two or three different subjects to see which interests you most.

 

GRADUATE STORY

Jamie MacKenzie

Jamie MacKenzie at Optus Stadium

Notable alumni

  • Mark Barnaba
    Chairman of Macquarie Group in Western Australia
  • Richard Goyder
    outgoing Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers
  • Benjamin Mallis
    NBA Writer and Basketball Journalist
  • Jasmin Ward
    Co-Founder and COO at Cribbler
  • Victoria Mallinckrodt 
    Operational excellence at the World Economic Forum
  • Matt de Boar 
    AFL footballer, Starlight Children's Foundation (NSW) Board member, WESTSTAR Academy program manager and co-founder of Alerte Digital Sport (ADS)

 

Industry connected

UWA has a network of industry partnerships with over 30+ corporate business school partners including Bankwest, EY, Woodside, KPMG, BHP Billiton, Chevron and many more. You’ll be taught by academics who are experts in their fields and be treated throughout your degree to guest lecturers from some of our partners companies. Strong industry contacts will give you the added advantage of growing quality networks to draw on when you graduate.

 

Commerce – Graduate story

Andrea Bradbury – Marketing and Economics double major

Andrea Bradbury

While at UWA I studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Marketing and Economics with a Business Law Minor) and did a semester on exchange at Copenhagen Business School. I completed the Communications Council Graduate Program in 2013 and was hired as a Grad with Meerkats, the Brand Leadership Company in 2014 where I continued to work as Brand Coordinator until late 2016. Following this, I moved to West Australian Ballet as part of their Marketing Team, where I’ve been for the past year.

Commerce – Graduate story

Andrea Bradbury

While at UWA I studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Marketing and Economics with a Business Law Minor) and did a semester on exchange at Copenhagen Business School. I completed the Communications Council Graduate Programin 2013 and was hired as a Grad with Meerkats, the Brand Leadership Company in 2014 where I continued to work as Brand Coordinator until late 2016. Following this, I moved to West Australian Ballet as part of their Marketing Team, where I’ve been for the past year.

I was just lucky that my step into Advertising was so smooth and I’ve always been conscious that it often isn’t that easy for others. So outside of work I’ve been keen to be involved in providing support for people wanting to move into the Advertising/Marketing Industry through mentoring events with year 12s at my old high school, organizing social and networking events as a Committee Member onYoungbloodsWA and volunteering at UWA’s Markam events.

My nerdy passion is strategic thinking and creative solutions. Good brands really understand the importance of marketing strategy being at the very core of their business - in terms of understanding what it is that their company exists in the world to do. Then they use that strategy to make decisions on what products to sell, how to make them, where and how to sell them and what function their brand plays in the lives of their consumers. If time and energy were no object I truly would be the happiest person in the world to sit down with every business and talk about their strategy. I guess I would like to make a difference in the world by trying to provide businesses that add real value into the world with the tools they need to design a marketing strategy for their sustainability.

Find out more about Andrea

 

 

Course Accreditations

Employability

Our Business School’s the only one in WA accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This means a UWA business degree is recognised around the world, so you’ll really stand out to employers when you graduate.

The Accounting and Finance majors are recognised by Australian and international professional bodies as a critical step towards gaining professional accreditation.

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Course Accreditations

 

Meet our students

Unique learning opportunities

Our Business School gives you access to the online learning platform at Harvard Business School to further enrich your study. Harvard Business School Logo

 

GRADUATE STORY

Anshula Mansharamani

Anshula Mansharamani
Commerce – industry testimonial

Tijana Mirkovic

In some companies a graduate would be given simple tasks, slowly worn-in to the corporate world. My first professional experience was nothing like this. It was a steep learning curve and it was challenging and intense, but also incredibly rewarding.

Commerce – industry testimonial

 

In some companies a graduate would be given simple tasks, slowly worn-in to the corporate world. My first professional experience was nothing like this. It was a steep learning curve and it was challenging and intense, but also incredibly rewarding. From the first day I was given meaningful work and was trusted with a great level of accountability. This role gave me what I’ve grown to appreciate as being the two most important factors in success: confidence and resilience. I left that job three years ago and joined BHPBilliton in the Iron Ore division, and this is where I am today, in a manager role supporting the Asset President and Iron Ore Leadership Teams.